New Grass, L1F Zoysia, Released in Hawaii

After a year in quarantine and testing by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, L1F Zoysia was released this month to licensed producer Hawaiian Turfgrass.
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MILILANI, Hawaii - June 18, 2014 - PRLog -- After a year in quarantine and testing by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, L1F Zoysia ( was released this month to licensed producer Hawaiian Turfgrass of Mililani, O’ahu. L1F Zoysia is the finest textured zoysiagrass on the market today, can be used for high quality lawns, and shows promise as the first zoysia suitable for use on all golf playing surfaces—even greens.

“I am so thrilled to bring L1F to Hawaii,” said Sean Aukanaii Fong, president of Hawaiian Turfgrass. “L1F is unlike any other grass out there. It’s being used successfully on golf courses and it also creates a luxurious, manicured lawn of the highest quality.”

The grass was released from agricultural quarantine on June 16th, 2014. As such small quantities of plant material are released through the quarantine process, it will take Hawaiian Turfgrass, the exclusive licensed producer of L1F zoysiagrass in the islands, approximately two years to grow enough stock for commercial sale. The company is currently taking reservations for lawn and golf course grass inventory of certified L1F Zoysia for projects beginning in 2016.

L1F is an extremely fine-textured  zoysiagrass that requires very low water and very low fertilizer inputs. The grass has been in development for 15 years and has undergone rigorous testing protocols in national trials. It was also planted on test greens at Atlanta Athletic Club in Georgia, and on two golf courses in Texas, Briggs Ranch and Escondido Golf Club.

L1F® Characteristics

•   Extremely fine-textured zoysiagrass

•   Soft texture & feel

•   Erect, upright leaf-blade orientation, ideal for golf courses

•   Shade tolerant

•   Low fertility requirement

• Less thatch

L1F was developed in Poteet, Texas, by Bladerunner Farms, the world’s largest independently owned zoysiagrass breeding and research facility.  L1F is licensed through The Turfgrass Group of Monroe, Georgia.

According to David Doguet, renown zoysiagrass breeder and owner of Bladerunner Farms, the development of L1F for greens use is just the natural progression of the golf industry toward expanded use of zoysia on playing surfaces.

About Hawaiian Turfgrass

Based in Mililani on the island of O’ahu, Hawaiian Turfgrass is a locally owned sod farm dedicated to bringing the highest quality, certified and scientifically researched turfgrasses to the Islands of Hawaii for use on home lawns, resort landscapes, roadways, golf courses and sports fields. Hawaiian Turfgrass is a licensed landscape contractor with the expertise to install grass and sprinkler systems. The company is a licensed producer of TifGrand Bermudagrass (mailto:, Zeon Zoysia (mailto:, Captiva St. Augustine (mailto:, L1F Zoysia and JaMur Zoysia grasses.  808-371-0527 or visit or like us on Facebook

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#8234 Bladerrunner Farms breeder David Doguet, who developed L1F Zoysia, stands on a test green of L1F in Poteet, Texas.

#8235 A close-up shot of L1F on a test green at the Bladerunner Farms research center in Poteet, Texas.

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